For a lot of kids, winter time is sedentary, cold and boring. But it doesn’t have to be that way – you can make winter just as fun as summer, with a little bit of creativity and planning. Your kids can not only have a great time, but stay in great shape, too.
Here are a few fitness tips for parents and kids during the winter.
Join a Winter Camp
Most people know about summer camps, but did you know that there are winter camps as well? Winter camps will plan all kinds of sports and activities for your kids. These activities might include sledding, skiing, snowboarding, snow fights, snowman activities and more.
Check with your child’s school to see if they’re organizing any winter activities. If not, do a Google search for winter camps in your area.
Play Nintendo Wii
Nintendo Wii is both a fitness gym and a video game. Most kids absolutely love playing video games, even if they don’t want to get fit.
Buy them a Nintendo Wii and a few different fitness-oriented games.
Another idea is to buy a Playstation with a Dance Dance Revolution mat. DDR is a game where kids dance on a dance pad with arrows and try to hit the arrows to the beat. It’s every bit as intense as going for a jog.
Join a Community Center
Look for a Boys and Girls Club, a YMCA club or another similar kind of community center in your area. These clubs will have all kinds of winter activities for your kids to enjoy.
They’ll have basketball games, volleyball games, kickball games, handball games, swimming (even in winter), tag and all kinds of other physical activities your kids can partake in.
Kids Home Fitness Videos
You’ve probably heard of home fitness videos for adults. But did you know they have home fitness videos for kids as well? That’s right – these are fun and colorful home fitness activities that both parent and child can work out to together.
You can find these videos for sale on Amazon. You may also be able to rent them at your local video store.
Make a Colored Snowman
If you have snow outside, one fun activity you could do is make a colored snowman together. All you need is a few bottles of food coloring. Build a normal snowman, then use your food coloring to paint the snowman whatever color you want it to be. You can also invite some of your child’s friends over to make it a party.
These are some of the many ways you can get fit together as a family this winter. All it takes to stay fit together is a little bit of planning and a willingness to try something new.